Mo. unsure if will seek waiver to education law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro says it is too soon to know if Missouri will ask to be exempt from the federal No Child Left Behind Law.

President Barack Obama said Friday states will be allowed to eliminate a requirement that all students show they are proficient in math and reading by 2014. States would need to meet conditions such as setting standards to prepare students for college and careers.

States could apply for the exemption to the U.S. Department of Education.

Nicastro was in Washington on Friday. She says she is pleased states will have a chance to seek a waiver from No Child Left Behind, which she called a broken system. She says it appears the new proposal could help Missouri’s support for high standards and accountability.

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